It has been a very busy few months since I last wrote to you.  I recently returned from a week in Houston where I attended the Offshore Technology Conference, and it was encouraging to see the number of attendees were once again up and people I spoke to all seemed buoyant about the state of the industry.

I have also had the pleasure of attending the CEOCOR conference, which was a wonderful success, with delegate number exceeding our initial expectations, and the level of discussion and debate at the conference was first class.  Our thanks must go to the organizing committee  who have been hard at work on this for over 12 months, also to the CEOCOR Chairman, Brian Wyatt, for partnering with ICorr for such a mutually beneficial event to be held in the UK.  I am sure that this will have helped to cement the working relationship between CEOCOR and ICorr. Undoubtedly the organizing committee will not thank me for this, but if you do have any joint conferences that you would like to work with ICorr on, please let me know.

Another very successful CED Working Day was held by Nick Smart and his committee, and I had the pleasure of presenting the second Paul McIntyre award to the worthy recipient, Dr John Broomfield.

Plans continue to move, under the watchful eye of Trevor Osborne, to a  new permanent home for the Institute, and we are at advanced stages in discussions for a property in Northampton, but as you can all appreciate this is not a done deal until we have the keys in our possession.

PDTC have recently had a lively committee meeting that was kindly hosted at Elecometer, and I do believe that the future of our training offerings looks bright.  All details of upcoming courses are on the website or you can contact the office for more detailed information.  We have a Fundamentals of Corrosion course scheduled for next month.

The passion which is displayed by our volunteers continues to be what drives the Institute forward, and with passion comes strong commitment, which can only advance our aims further.    

Finally there is another PDTC meeting and a Council meeting schedule for next month, and I will update you on the outcome of these in the next issue.

Sarah Vasey, ICorr President